A sure-fire way to ruin the perfect night on the couch is having to waste your precious binge time searching for the perfect flick. Fortunately, Stan is packed with a bunch of epic blockbusters.
To ensure you can start smashing the popcorn sooner, we’ve rounded up the very best movies on Stan right now. Happy bingeing.
After premiering at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews Aussie horror flick Relic is an absolute must-see. Directed by amazing Japanese-Australian director Natalie Erika James, Relic tells the story of Edna (Robyn Nevin), an elderly and widowed matriarch who goes missing, and her daughter Kay (Emily Mortimer) and granddaughter Sam (Bella Heathcote) who must travel to their remote family home in the Melbourne countryside to find her. Soon after her return, they start to discover a sinister presence haunting the house and taking control of Edna.
If you're a sucker for a romantic drama then put this beauty to the top of your list. Based on the novel of the same name, Brooklyn tells the story of Eilis Lacey (played by the incredible Saoirse Ronan) a young Irish woman who in the 1950s emigrates to Brooklyn, New York in search of a new life. At first homesick for her home town of Enniscorthy, she soon finds work at a local department store, begins night school and falls in love with a cheeky Italian plumber called Tony. But when tragedy strikes back home, Eilis returns and is torn between her new life in New York and her family in Ireland. Yes, you’ll need tissues and yes you’ll want to book a holiday to Ireland stat.
The Edge Of Seventeen
Hailee Steinfeld is an absolute gem in this teen dramedy. The flick follows Nadine Franklin (Steinfeld), a seventeen-year-old high school student living in the burbs of Portland. She has a tempestuous relationship with her popular older brother Darian and her widowed mum Mona (Kyra Sedgwick), but she always finds solace in her childhood bestie Krista. But when Krista and Darian randomly hook up one night and end up falling for each other, Nadine feels like she's all alone and begins acting out in a series of hilarious and heartbreaking ways. Massive shout-out has to go to Woody Harelson for his turn as Nadine’s blunt but incredibly witty teacher, Mr Bruner.
Silver Linings Playbook
This flick scored Jennifer Lawrence an Oscar for Best Actress—and was nominated for eight Academy Awards in total—so you know it’s worth a watch. Based on the 2008 novel of the same name, Silver Linings Playbook follows Pat (Bradley Cooper) who after a stint in a mental health institution where he was diagnosed as bipolar disorder, moves back in with his parents, played by Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver. Things get a little complicated when Pat meets Tiffany (Lawrence) who offers to help Pat win back his wife if he enters a dance competition with her. As the duo train, sparks start to fly and Pat realises there’s a lot more to Tiffany than he first thought.
Fast And Furious: The Complete Franchise
F&F fans rejoice, Stan just dropped the entire catalogue of Fast and Furious flicks and honestly, we’re pumped. From the OG days of Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker) illegally racing cars in downtown LA, right through to that latest flicks in the franchise where Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham join the crew for high stakes adventures around the world—you have literally hours and hours’ worth of binging ahead of you. We obviously recommend starting from the beginning and tackling them in chronological order (not the year they were released) but, you do you.
Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging
We don’t care how old you are, this classic teen rom com will always be one of our absolute fave flicks and we’re so glad it’s landed on Stan. The movie follows high school student Georgia who is desperate to fall in love and grow up fast. When a cute new boy called Robbie (Aaron Taylor-Johnson in his early years) starts at her school she makes it her mission to get his attention—and the results are seriously LOL-worthy, including a terrible fake tan incident and employing a kissing coach. Honestly, it’s straight up adorable and will bring some feel good moments to your day.
While this certainly isn’t the first Macbeth movie to the big screen, we reckon it’s one of the best. In this 2015 adaption of the tragedy by William Shakespeare, it follows Macbeth (this time played by the amazing Michael Fassbender) after murdering King Duncan (David Thewlis) and seizing the throne. But consumed by guilt for what he’s done, Macbeth becomes paranoid, turning into the tyrannical ruler of Scotland.
The Virgin Suicides
If you haven’t checked out this cult classic yet, cancel your other streaming plans and put this beauty to the top of your must-see list. Set in small town America in the 70s, The Virgin Suicides follows the five, genetically-blessed Lisbon sisters whose lives are upended when their sister Cecilia kills herself. The ripple effect of her death leads to the girls being home-schooled and ostracised from the community. The sisters, longing for a connection, start a secret friendship with a group of boys across the street, but no one could prepare them for how their lives will irrevocably change.
Parasite made history at this year’s Academy Awards for being the first non-English language movie to take out the top prize. It follows the lives of two families from different classes in Seoul—the Kim family who live in poverty in a basement apartment, and the Parks, a wealthy family residing in a sprawling mansion in the fancy part of town. Their worlds collide when teenager Ki-woo Kim takes a job as an English tutor for the Park’s daughter Da-hye. The only problem? He lied about his credentials. More trouble heads their way when Ki-woo’s sister adds to lie posing as an art therapist for the Park’s son. Yep, the two families become entangled with one another and dark secrets from both sides rise to the surface with catastrophic results.
Holding The Man
Based on the memoir and stage play of the same name, Holding The Man, is a must watch—and we reckon one of the best movies on Stan right now. It tells the moving story of the 15 yearlong love affair between Timothy Conigrave (Ryan Corr) and the boy he fell in love with at high school, John Caleo (Craig Scott). Coming up against objections from family and societal pressures, their love is tested in ways most of us could never imagine. Yes you'll cry but thankfully you'll also laugh in this excellent piece of Aussie drama.
The Sun Is Also A Star
You’ll need tissues for this sweet romantic drama. The Sun Is Also A Star tells the story of college bound romantic Daniel (Riverdale’s Charles Melton) and Jamaica-born pragmatist Natasha (queen Yara Shahidi). Both are unlucky in love and with Natasha’s family facing deportation, fate steps in causing them to meet and fall for each other over one magical day in New York City. But while they fall harder with every passing hour, Natasha’s time in the US is dwindling. See what we meant about the tissues?
Fighting With My Family
Based on the true story of ground-breaking WWF wrestler Paige, comes this epic, feel-good flick. Raised in a little-known UK town, Paige (played by Little Women's Florence Pough) and her rough as guts but lovable family live and breathe wrestling. So, when she’s given the chance to make it in the US with the likes of The Rock at the WWF, she’s got the weight of her family on her shoulders. Add in the fact that everything from her accent to her goth appearance makes her unlike any other female wrestler the world has seen before and you’ve got a classic underdog sport story. We dig!
The Girl In The Spider’s Web
The sequel to author David Lagercrantz’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo received a massive makeover when it dropped in 2018. We’re talking a new director and cast, including badass leading lady Lisbeth Salander. In this awesome flick, she’s played by Claire Foy (The Crown) and this time around the hacker is recruited by a tech giant to steal FireWall, a computer programme that can access codes for nuclear weapons. But when people of the underworld learn the programmes exists, Lisbeth becomes a deadly target from everyone including Russian thugs to terrifying figure from her past.